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Hellboy, Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt Paperback – March 23, 2010
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In short, this is an essential read for Hellboy fans. More than anything, it gets the ball rolling for some major stuff to happen in the upcoming story arcs. Although there isn't as much monster-stomping action, the art is subtly gorgeous. It might not be as fast paced as previous minis, but by the end all there are some big reveals, and the pieces are in play for some fabulous stories to be told in the near future.
After the death of the last king of the Tuatha de Danann, giants begin to rise across the length of Britain. After a bad experience with the Wild Hunt, Hellboy goes to find out what is happening and why -- and learns that a "queen of blood" has risen to take control the world's fey creatures. To make matters worse, Hellboy has made a lot of fey creatures hate him over the years.
After his friend Alice is badly injured fighting some undead monsters, Hellboy finds himself being called by a mythic, powerful woman who wants to reveal even more about his family background. Let's just say that demons aren't his only notorious family members. And now Hellboy must face a terrible choice -- go down a path that ends in him destroying the world, or stand by while someone else does it for him.
Maybe it's just my imagination, but it feels like Mike Mignola is starting to wrap up the Hellboy series. Just about everything about Hellboy has now been revealed, and he's obviously heading to an epic world-changing clash with the "goddess of war." And honestly, the whole "you're destined to rule Hell!" "No I won't!" thing is getting a little tired.
Fortunately, the rest of "Wild Hunt" is a pretty solid graphic novel, with plenty of bloody fight scenes, steampunk demons, and a hefty dose of Celtic and Arthurian legends. Mignola inserts plenty of deliciously blunt one-liners for Hellboy ("Wait, are you p***ed that you didn't get to inherit the SLUG HOUSE?!") as well as some hints of a long-running conspiracy that has just started to move. There's more to come, and it ought to be good.
And Hellboy has some new personal struggles to overcome: his dark side is beginning to overwhelm him during fights, and he learns some shocking news about the human half of his heritage. Mignola also shows us what happened to a pair of people from a previous Hellboy story -- there's Alice, a kind young woman who is determined to help him, and the Gruagach, a tragic creature who desperately hopes that the "queen of blood" can restore his power.
"Hellboy Volume 9: The Wild Hunt" actually doesn't have a lot about the Wild Hunt -- it's just the springboard for an exploration into the gruff demon's history. And the story isn't over yet.
Overall, an exceptional addition to the series.